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University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law students have embraced community service as an essential part of their education. In the fall, among other activities, students made sandwiches for the hungry, collected pennies for families in need, and delivered school supplies to one of the poorest counties in the country.

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As the University of Kentucky commemorates 70 years of integration with special events and speakers all year long, the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law wants to recognize a few of our African American graduates who paved the way for others and excelled in their careers.

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University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law Professor Cortney E. Lollar recently authored an opinion piece, "Pardons show Matt Bevin’s compassion. These people are more than their crimes," published in The Courier-Journal on Dec. 16. 

To read the op-ed, visit: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/2019/12/16/matt-bevin-pardons-show-his-compassion-and-mercifulness/2662033001/

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University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law Professor Emeritus Robert Schwemm was one of two nationally recognized housing experts consulted during a three-year Newsday investigation of housing practices on Long Island. Newsday is the daily newspaper covering the Long Island area of New York City.

The story, titled “Long Island Divided,” was published Nov. 17, 2019, and was accompanied by a 40-minute documentary. Using a technique called paired testing, Newsday found widespread evidence of unequal treatment by real estate agents on Long Island.

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Several state and national news outlets interviewed University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law Professor Joshua A. Douglas in November following Kentucky’s 2019 gubernatorial election.

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The University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law Moot Court Team recently placed second overall at the Region 4 competition of the New York City Bar Association annual National Moot Court Competition at the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, and will advance to the national competition in New York City in February 2020.

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The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has voted to accept the gift commitment of $20 million from J. David Rosenberg and to officially rename the College of Law as the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law.

Rosenberg and his wife, Dianne, have pledged $20 million to fund an endowment and non-endowed gift to support student scholarships, faculty recruitment and retention, as well as programs for the college. The new permanent endowed fund will be named the J. David Rosenberg College of Law Endowment.

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The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s three law schools ­— University of Kentucky College of Law, Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law and the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law — partnered on Nov. 22, 2019, to host a joint initiative to diversify the legal profession.

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University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton and former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear joined UK College of Law faculty, staff, students and alumni Tuesday, Nov. 19, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the reopening of the Law Building following a two-year, $56 million renovation and expansion.

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Unbelievable panel in the Grand Courtroom

In the fall, a panel of community leaders and experts convened at the UK Rosenberg College of Law to discuss a Netflix drama about a teenager who reports being raped and two detectives who search for the truth.

Blanche Cook, Robert E. Harding Jr. Associate Professor of Law, specializes in criminal law and procedure, evidence, trial advocacy and sex trafficking. The show served as a catalyst to raise awareness about sexual assault and educate the public about the things that can go wrong during sexual assault investigations and prosecutions.

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